Learn Mandarin Chinese

Learn Mandarin Chinese with our lunch time and evening language classes.

Students learning Mandarin in class

Explore our Mandarin Chinese language short course

If you are interested in China's profound culture and booming economics, or simply want to embrace the challenge of a new language, learning Mandarin Chinese will open doors to exciting opportunities.

You will be taught by well-qualified experts in a friendly, supportive and fun environment. You can benefit from engaging and dynamic materials with a focus on the spoken language. You’ll have access to online learning resources which you can explore at your own pace.

Join a welcoming environment that will make learning Mandarin Chinese enjoyable and memorable.

Explore all your options for learning Mandarin Chinese:

20-week courses

Our 20-week courses run from October to April. All 20-week courses are £287 (£277 concessions).

12-week courses

More information

Learn more about our 20- and 12-week courses, and decide what level you should study

Terms and conditions

If you’re thinking of enrolling we recommend you read our full terms and conditions.


Our 20-week courses cost £287 (£277 concessions), and our 12-week courses cost £190 (£180 concessions). Fees must be paid in full at the time of enrolment. 

Our concessions fee is available to: 

  • full-time students (whether at University of Sussex or elsewhere)
  • University of Sussex staff
  • University of Sussex alumni
  • NHS and key workers
  • those whose sole source of income is some form of state benefit
  • people who are retired and on state pension only.

If you fall into one of these categories, you are eligible to pay the reduced fee. Otherwise, the full fee should be paid.

Get in touch

Use our enquiry form if you have a question about any of our language short courses.


If you are a student, a member of staff or an alumnus at the University of Sussex, you are already entitled to use the facilities at the Resource Centre. If you are not a member or alumnus of the university, you may be entitled to access to some of the facilities as a language short course learner. Please contact the Resource Centre for specific details – email lang.centre@sussex.ac.uk or call +44(0) 1273 678006. 

The Resource Centre offers excellent facilities for language teaching and learning, including:

  • workstations where learners can study via audio and video recordings
  • facilities to sample live television by satellite from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia and England
  • a large bank of resource materials in many world languages
  • a wide selection of foreign language films
  • a browsing section with newspapers, magazines and a learner-friendly catalogue to consult.

Our teaching rooms are equipped with projectors and up-to-date audio/visual equipment.

Learners will be given advice on how best to use the resources to meet their own needs

We welcome learners with special requirements and request that you discuss these with us before joining a course. Should wheelchair access be required, suitable rooms will be allocated. It is possible to provide hearing loops in certain classrooms. Please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Your course

We encourage you to take part in discussions about the aims and objectives of the class at the start of the course. This is essential for you and the tutor to work out a suitable programme. Take part in class activities where possible, and don’t worry about making mistakes. It’s also important to complete any work set between sessions. 

Remember you are learning as a group. Although the tutor will try to meet everyone’s needs, this is not always possible. 

You should try to be on time and attend all your classes so you can keep up with the group and make the most of your course. Attendance on the language courses is not compulsory, but your progress will be limited if you do not attend regularly or complete the tasks set between classes. 

If you cannot make it to one of the classes, please let your tutor know by email. Alternatively you can email languageshortcourses@sussex.ac.uk and we can inform your tutor.

It is not always possible for tutors to provide copies of work that has been missed through absence from a class. 

We will arrange extra sessions to accommodate any cancelled classes due to Bank Holidays and/or unforeseen circumstances (such as sickness or adverse weather). We will use either your University of Sussex email or Canvas to contact you, so please make sure you check both regularly during the course.

Important: Brighton & Hove Albion FC will be playing home games on evenings during term time. On these dates a number of car parks on the south side of campus are regularly used for parking by Brighton and Hove Albion FC season-ticket holders for the Amex Community Stadium.

Traffic to the University during these dates is expected to be very high, especially in the evenings. We strongly recommend you to use the bus or train to get to campus on these dates.

Find out more information, including a full timetable of football games and other events held at the Amex Community Stadium at Falmer.


If you have any queries, email languageshortcourses@sussex.ac.uk or call +44(0) 1273 872575.

School of Media, Arts and Humanities Office
Arts A07
University of Sussex

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